As if the specter of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook looming large in Game 1 of the NBA Finals weren’t frightening enough for the Miami Heat, it just so happens that they’re staying in a supposedly haunted hotel in Oklahoma City.
Folks who have stayed at the Skirvin Hilton — you can check in any time you like but you can never leave — report all sorts of supernatural incidents. Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass insists on a nightlight when he stays there and Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson said his bathroom door slammed in the middle of the night.
Udonis Haslem seems to believe in peaceful co-existence.
“I'm a pretty good guy, man. I respect everybody's space,” Haslem told the Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman. “If that's the ghost's room and they come pop up on me like that and he says it's his spot, he can have it. There's plenty other rooms.”
The haunting began, according to Winderman, when a maid became pregnant by the hotel’s original owner, W.B. Skirvin, and was locked in a room on the 10th floor in order to protect his reputation. Legend, strictly verbal legend, is that, depressed, she jumped out a window with the baby in her arms.
Shane Battier wasn’t about to lose any sleep over the issue, but that was before Game 1.
“I'm such a heavy sleeper. I have two kids, so I've learned to feign a deep sleep so my wife has to wake up with the kids,” Battier said. “It's going to take a little more than a ghost to wake me up in the middle of the night.”
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